OSWEGO, NY – The initial class of the Oswego Middle School National Junior Honor Society was recently inducted in ceremonies at the Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Principal Mary Beth Fierro introduced the NJHS program to her school and felt that this would be a wonderful addition to recognize deserving seventh and eighth graders.
Thirty-one Oswego Middle School eighth graders were the first inductees. Serving as officers for the NJHS are President Clare Donovan, Vice-President Kelly Skinner, Secretary Roman Madlangbayan and Treasurer Maia Delaney.
The class included Brynn Adner, Ana Alcasid, Katie Bradshaw, Ayla Busch, Amber Canbek, Alexis Daniels, Paige Daniels, Christian Davis, Maia Delaney, Clare Donovan, Olivia Dowdle, Olivia Flint, Mark Forger, Jacob Gerber, Alex Haessig, Evan James, Jaielle Litchison, Calista Lloyd, Roman Madlangbayan, Meghan Maniccia, Mariah Metcalf, Natasha Mezza, Kyra O’Gorman, Olivia Peel, Chase Pelton, Elaina Rando, Kristie Reitz, Claire Richardson, Justin Semione, Kelly Skinner and Christopher VanGorder.
Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist was the guest speaker and said, “Your leadership and example will help other students to follow in your footsteps.”
He continued, “I challenge each of you to set yourself apart through your actions surrounding the five pillars to make you a better citizen, scholar and leader and provide service and show character amongst your peers to improve our school, our school district and our community.”
Co-advisor Sue Roik said, “Introducing a National Junior Honor Society to the middle school was Mary Beth Fierro’s idea and I wanted to be part of the program.”
Danielle Rombough and Roik volunteered to work together as co-advisors on this worthwhile project.
Roik noted, “We thought it was a great way to recognize our outstanding students for more than just high grades, it helps showcase that they are active leaders in the school and the community.”
She said this was very meaningful to the new inductees by saying, “It gives the students the opportunity to be placed into leadership positions within the community and within their school. It also helps them learn how to provide service to others and to model that behavior to their fellow students. Students that might not have had these opportunities before will be presented with them. Also, they are being recognized for their success in school.”
Fierro, the first year principal in the building, is excited over the induction of the initial class of eighth graders. However, she noted that, “the seventh graders would soon be included and they will have their own induction ceremony to recognize their accomplishments.”